Kurtis Lee Casteel, son of Rod Lee Casteel and Kathleen Ann (Watson) Morton, was born on June 11, 1991 in Springfield, MO, and departed this life on November 1, 2016 at Mercy Hospital in Springfield, MO.  At the time of his passing he was 25 years, 4 months, and 19 days of age.
    Kurtis was reared and attended school in Buffalo and Walnut Grove.  After his schooling he got his Forklift License and worked at Springfield Underground, Camper World, Reliable RV, and then went to work on a farm.  He enjoyed riding motorcycles and horses, playing with his children and nieces and nephews, hunting for deer, coyotes, and raccoons, and catching catfish.  He looked after his brothers, sisters, mom, and dad.  He had a big heart and always looked past peoples faults.  He was of the Baptist faith.
    Kurtis was preceded in death by his paternal grandfather, Larry Casteel.  He is survived by his three children, Natalee, Addalyn, and Klayton Casteel of the home; his fiancé, Jayme Slagle of the home; his father, Rod & wife Crystal Casteel of Blackwater, MO; his mother, Kathleen & husband Chad Morton of Springfield, MO; his siblings, Kristy Casteel, Kaleb Casteel, Jessica Casteel, Brittany Casteel, Haven Casteel, and Ruger Casteel; step-siblings, Brandy Morton, Jonathan Morton, and Rylan Morton; maternal grandparents Don & wife Janet Watson and Sue & husband Gene Sneed; paternal grandparents, Sue & husband Bob Lawson; and maternal great-grandpa, Vernal Stafford.  He also leaves other family members and many friends who will all truly miss him.
    Funeral services will be conducted at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, November 5, 2016 at the Cantlon Otterness Funeral Home with Ken Morris officiating.  Escorts will be Rod Casteel, Kaleb Casteel, Jason Dibben, Jonathan Dibben, Chris Casteel, J.W. McDonald, John Dibben, Dakota Casteel, Kolby Zouck, and Don Casteel.  Interment will be in the Twin Churches Cemetery under the direction of the Cantlon Otterness Funeral Home of Buffalo.  Visitation will be from 6:00-8:00 p.m. Friday at the Funeral Home.  Memorials may be made to the Kurtis Casteel Children’s Fund and left at the funeral home.

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    Robert Lee Hooper, son of the late Noah and Treva (Nicholson) Hooper, was born on November 7, 1944 and departed this life on November 2, 2016. At the time of his passing he was 71 years, 11 months and 26 days of age.
    Robert (Bob) was born and raised in Preston, MO and graduated from Skyline High School. He was drafted into the U.S Army in 1965, working for the Military Police and as a dog trainer/handler. His dog was a German Sheppard named Rex. They guarded a nuclear missile base in California. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and grilling BBQ. He was known for the best cheesecake & homemade ice cream in the county. He enjoyed taking care of his property, loved nature and animals, walks in the woods and tracking deer. He loved to complain and laugh about squirrels. Bob could fix just about anything and was a very skilled woodworker. His biggest love was God and family. He loved to host all the family get-togethers.
    Bob was preceded in death by his parents and three brothers, Garland, Marion, and Harold. He is survived by his wife Glatha of the home; two sons, Greg (Lynn) of Frisco, TX and Jeff (Nikki) of Urbana, MO; one sister, Iona Fisher of Preston, MO; and four grandchildren. He also leaves many friends and family who will all truly miss him.
    Funeral services will be conducted at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, November 6, 2016 at the Cantlon Otterness Funeral Chapel in Urbana, Misouri with Rev. Gary Golston officiating. Interment will take place on a later date in Nemo Cemetery. Memorial contributions can be made out to the Harry S. Truman Medical Center and left with the funeral home.

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Loretta Sarah Stokes “Grams“, 86, was born on Oct. 5, 1930, in Oneida, SD, the daughter of Joseph and Elizabeth (Wipf) Hofer. She took her heavenly flight on Nov. 2, 2016, at Colonial Springs, Buffalo, MO. A celebration potluck was held at her home on Sat., Nov. 5, 2016. Her wishes were to have her ashes scattered on her mothers grave in Oneida, SD. A small ceremony will take place at a later date in Oneida.
She was united in marriage with Glen Stokes and into this union five kids were born. She worked hard her whole life helping farm all while taking care of her home. There wasn’t much to do in the small town of Oneida, SD but she loved going to the movies and roller skating. The family moved to Buffalo, MO where her husband was a welder in Springfield. Tragically her husband was crushed while welding on a tank leaving her to raise their five young children. Her mother moved from Oneida, SD to Buffalo to help take care of the kids while she worked. She was a line tender at French’s for many years until her retirement. She absolutely loved her family and they meant more to her than anything else. In her eyes you could cure anything as long as you had a good vitamin and Eucamint. She loved talking to everyone and always had something to say about something. She was a true blessing to her family. It’s amazing to look and see the family that one woman, man and the love of God created. Each and every one of us are here because of them. We loved her so dearly and our hearts are absolutely broken. She loved all of us so well and we each had our special thing that we did with our mom or grams. She will be so incredibly missed by all.
Loretta is proceeded in death by her parents; her husband; brothers, Jacob, Eddie and Wilbur: two sisters Bertha and Valeria and one grandson, Mark Flanders.
Survivors include her five kids; daughter, Garlena and husband, Howard Jones, of Kansas City, MO; son, Lonnie and wife, Becky Stokes, of Buffalo, MO; son, Ivan and wife, Kim Stokes, of Buffalo, MO; daughter, Anita Willis, of  Fair Grove, MO; son, Tim Stokes, of Buffalo, MO. Grams was bless with ten grandkids Larissa Chalgren, Aleasha Anderson, Damon Willis, Shane Stokes, Vanessa Sprague, Matt Stokes, Ryan Stokes, Courtney Stokes, Amber Maack and Jordan Stokes. She was also blessed to have many great-grand kids Christian Flanders, Chandler Flanders, Davon Willis, Zoie Herdina, Jaded Flanders, Quincey Willis, Bryce Willis, Major Flanders, Madison Lewis, Jancee Flanders, Hailey Stokes, Hazel Anderson, Cady Chalgren, Ruby Anderson, Brinley Stokes, Samantha Sprague, Baylon Stokes, Djon Willis, Ira Stokes and soon-to-be new baby Stokes. She also had three step-great grand kids Rachel, Jackie and Dylan.
In her honor we are taking donations and will be “adopting” residents for Christmas at the nursing home that took such wonderful care of her and all of us. If you’d like to be a part of helping us give back please send any donations to Amber Maack, 1771 E. 318th Road, Bolivar, MO 65613. Please make sure to include your name and address so that we can send you a letter letting you know what we were able to do to help spread some joy to others this holiday season. Many thanks for everyone’s thoughts and prayers. May the Lord truly bless you all.

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Irving Katsuhiro Saito of rural Urbana, Missouri, was born in Waipahu, HI on April 21, 1935.  He departed this life at his home on November 2, 2016 at the age of 81 years. 
Surviving him are his wife of 25 years, Ernestine; step-son, Frank & wife Maureen; step-son Scott & wife Sammi; his mother-in-law; five grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; one sister-in-law and her husband; one niece; and four nephews. 

Services will be announced by the Cantlon Otterness Funeral Home of Urbana.

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    Jay Anthony Burchell, son of the late Lark Jackson and Helen (Beetch) Burchell, was born on November 8, 1947 in Walters, Oklahoma and departed this life on November 4, 2016 in Buffalo, Missouri. At the time of his passing he was 68 years, 11 months and 27 days of age.
    Jay was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his spouse, Joy Burchell of the home; three sons, John (Jennifer) Burchell, Jason (Dana) Burchell, and Joshua (Casandra) Burchell; two daughters, Jamie Vietch and Stacy Branstetter; one brother, Charles “Butch” (Sue) Burchell; five grandchildren and two great grandchildren. He also leaves a host of many friends and family who will all truly miss him.

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    Larry Michael Bradley, son of the late Jospeh & Florence (Hisaw) Bradley, was born on July 25, 1939 in Stonewall, OK and departed this life on November 10, 2016 in Buffalo, MO. At the time of his passing he was 77 years, 3 months and 16 days of age.
    Larry was reared and attended school in Oklahoma, graduated in California, and eventually earned his PhD in Criminology. After college he joined the National Guard, where he served for 6 years in active duty and four years in reserves in Ft. Orr, CA. He then went into law enforcement working for the San Bernardino Sheriff’s Department, retiring as a Lieutenant.  While on the force he set up the 911 system for the entire state of California. In 1986, he moved to Humansville, MO and then in 1993 he moved to Buffalo, MO. He loved bass fishing, working on cars, tinkering with all things mechanical and was a member of the N.R.A.
    Larry was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Harold Bradley. He is survived by his wife, Janis of the home; four sons, Joel Bradley of California, Paul Bradley of Arkansas, William Bercik of Indiana, and James Bercik of Indiana; one daughter, Raynia Ginder of Indiana; one sister, Sharon Bradley of California; and six grandchildren. He also leaves a host of many friends and family who will all truly miss him.

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    Lorene G (Brown) Tucker Evans was born February 4, 1928, in Douglas County Missouri, the third daughter of Kelley and Hada (Jenkins) Brown and passed from this life on November 13, 2016.  She was preceded in death by her infant sister, Jessie, her parents, her husband, Carl Tucker on March 8, 2002 and by her second husband, John Evans on May 5, 2009.
    After her family moved to Dallas County in 1931, Lorene attended Louisburg Elementary and High, graduating in 1945. While in school she loved singing, playing the clarinet and all sports. 
    She learned at an early age to be a good cook as she helped her mother prepare meals for their threshing crews.
    When Lorene graduated from high school she attended Springfield Teachers College (now MSU).  After one semester she returned to Dallas County to marry her high school sweetheart, Carl Tucker, in December of 1945. 
    The following year they purchased a farm north of Buffalo on the “Four Mile Prairie.”  In their early days of farming they worked hard to improve their farm and increase the size of their dairy herd and hogs.
    In 1949 along came Carolyn, their only child.  When Carolyn started school, Lorene became very active in PTA and many committees to support the school.  As Lorene was a skilled seamstress, she made all of Carolyn’s clothes and costumes for school events.
    Over time, the Tuckers decided to dissolve the dairy herd and start a cow-calf-beef operation.
  Lorene began working outside the farm, joining the office staff of Dallas County ASCS.  After several years, she went to work for the Dallas County Clerk’s office before leaving there to join the D.A. Mallory Elementary office staff.  Finally Lorene was involved in the field she had always wanted to do—being around children and helping them in any way she could.  Lorene ended her working career as the administrator of the Dallas County Library for 18 years before retiring at the early age of 69.  During her library tenure she utilized employees from the “Green Thumb Program” which benefitted both the elderly and the library.  She worked tirelessly to increase the usage of the library—especially by children—and improve the quality of materials and services provided.
    She was a member of the Buffalo First Christian Church for over 60 years.  Throughout her life, Lorene was a strong Christian, witnessing in many ways including active involvement with her church.   In addition to various committees she served the church as board chairman, Sunday school teacher, CWF chairman, and deaconess.  She was awarded Deaconess Emeritus status after she was no longer able to serve due to her health.
    In addition to serving her church, she was a member of Eastern Star for over 65 years.  There she served as Past Matron and Past District Deputy of Missouri #446.  She also served as Mother Advisor to the local chapter of Rainbow Girls. Lorene was a long time member of DAR, serving as Regent and Treasurer. She also enjoyed helping elementary students as part of the “Reading Buddy” program for many years.
    After her retirement and a few “golden years,” she lost her husband of 56 years.  Time passed and she was fortunate enough to have a second round of marital happiness.  In October, 2005 she married John Evans of Lebanon.  Moving to Lebanon she was blessed with a “bonus family” of two step-children—Harold Evans of Colorado and Carol Bauer of Lebanon. 
   In addition to many friends, Lorene leaves behind her daughter, Carolyn and son-in-law, Sonny Megown; grandson, Chris Lindsey & wife Laura; great-granddaughter, Morgan Lindsey; her sister, Lena Hawkins; nieces, Darlena & husband Howard Hill and Glenda & husband Abe Loudermilk; great-nieces and nephews; step-nieces and step-nephews; and a host of step-grandchildren and step-great-grandchildren.
   Visitation will be held at the Buffalo First Christian Church on Thursday, November 17th from 4-6:00 pm.  Funeral service will then be held on Friday, November 18th at 10:00 at the church, with the Rev. Jennifer Long officiating. Rev. Tim Case will sing “Until Then” and “Face to Face,” accompanied by Mrs. Betsy Earls, pianist. Escorts will be Steve Tucker, Kenny Tucker, Gregg Bauer, Pat Bauer, Timothy Brake, Brad Hare, Roger Bradley, Scott Baker, and Mike DeMuri.  The family requests that in lieu of flowers donations be made to the Lorene Tucker Evans Memorial Fund. 

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    Barbara Kaye Hunter was born on August 25, 1941 in Daviess County, Indiana, the daughter of Leota (Shirley) and Jerome Paul Hunter, Sr. She departed this life November 19, 2016 surrounded by her family.
    She was united in marriage with Alfred O. Marcum on March 7, 1997. Shortly after, they retired to his family farm south of Stockton, Missouri – “The Brown Branch Farm.” She was a member of Stockton Christian Church.
    She graduated salutatorian in 1959 from Barr Township High School, Montgomery, IN. She attained a license from Indiana Board of Beauty Culturist in 1966. Barbara began her love of playing piano in the third grade. She was the pianist and accompanied the Golden Notes Gospel Quartet in Washington, IN for several years, and continued to play at the churches she attended.
    Barbara was proud to become a member of the National Society DAR. She was also a member of The Downtowner’s Toastmasters Club of Indianapolis. Her career included achievements in banking, business, and finance. She was interested in music, genealogy, gardening, history, computer programming, and interior decorating.
    Barbara is survived by her sister Phyllis (Hunter) Brittain, West Virginia; step-children Steve (Michele) Marcum, Dayton, OH, and Judy (Mark) Warner, New Whiteland, IN; grandchildren Paul, Olivia, Magi Marcum and Molly Warner; and great-grandchildren Aiden and Raelin Marcum. She was “Aunt Barb” to two nieces and five nephews and seven great-nieces and nephews. Also surviving are sisters-in-law Marlene (Jerry) Cantlon, Susie (John) Rummel, Cheryl Marcum (Mitch Ross), and their children; and cousins Gene and Glenda Brown.
    She was preceded in death by husband Al, her parents, her brother Jerome and sister-in-law Jany, brother in law Bill, and step-son Mike Marcum.
    Visitation will be at Stockton Christian Church, Monday November 21, 6-8pm. A celebration of her life will be Tuesday at 10:00 am at the church with Pastor Michael Tunnel officiating. Escorts will be Jeff Hunter, Ross Brittain, Steve Marcum, Paul Marcum, Mark Warner, Rick Brown, Colton Brown and Connor Brown. Interment will be in the Stockton City Cemetery under the direction of the Cantlon Otterness Funeral Home. One may honor Barbara by donating to Stockton Christian Church or Convoy of Hope.

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    Paul B. Stauffer, 78, was born April 11, 1938 in Snyder County, PA, the son of Harry and Magdalena Stauffer.  Paul dealt with a heart condition for 27 years and died at his home following complications of his condition.
    While a young boy, his family moved to St. Mary’s County, MD where Paul was raised.  On March 26, 1960 Paul married Florence Sensenig.  They shared 56 years of marriage and raised 7 children.  In 1971 they moved to Tunas, MO where Paul farmed and milked a dairy herd for many years.  Paul served as a deacon of the Old Order Stauffer’s Mennonite Church, where he was a faithful member.
    Paul was preceded in death by his parents, Harry and Magdalena; two brothers, Irvin and Harvey; one sister, Elsie; a son-in-law, Nevin Martin; and a grandson, Paul Ray Martin.  He is survived by his wife Florence; their children, Glenn & wife Janet, Elizabeth & husband Delmas Zimmerman, Barbara, widow of Nevin Martin, Julie, wife of Shannon Zimmerman, William & wife Oleta, Charles & wife Eva Jane, and JoAnna Stauffer; two brothers, John and Frank Stauffer of Tunas, MO; sisters, Katie and Lucy of Mechanicsville, MD, Mary of Leonardtown, MD, Alice of Springfield, VA; 45 grandchildren; and 21 great-grandchildren.  Paul will be greatly missed by these and a host of friends.

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Clara was born in Bluefield, WV to John and Alleen (Comer) Hendrick on September 4, 1942 and passed away  in her sleep at her home in Buffalo, MO on November 27, 2016.
   She went to high school at Zionsville High School, Indianapolis, IN. She was a homemaker most of her adult life. She enjoyed visiting Walt Disney World, Royal's baseball games, visiting the St. Louis Zoo, playing slot machines and eating White Castles. She loved animals, western movies and listening to audio books. She enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren, going to garage sales, and shopping for bargains.
    Clara is survived by three daughters; Susan Wilson, Rebecca Fletcher, Cindy Smith and their spouses. She is also survived by her grandchildren; Brad, Chad, Jesse and Hannah Benedict, Crystal Higdon, Kyle Jackson, Amanda Lewellen and great grandchildren Alex Jackson and Xavier Benedict.
    Cremation rites were accorded by the Cantlon Otterness funeral home of Buffalo. At this time no memorial or funeral service is planned. Later this spring, her ashes will be scattered in the mountains of Bluefield, West Virginia. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Missouri Council of the Blind.

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    Mike Thurman Jr., was born on May 16, 1971 and departed this life on November 28, 2106. At the time of his passing he was 45 years, 6 months and 12 days of age.
    Services will be announced on a later date.

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